NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - It has been a busy Saints off-season already, and with the NFL draft coming next week, more change is on the way for the Black and Gold.
"I don't think anything surprises me anymore, and you have to focus on what you can control," Saints quarterback Drew Brees said. "I was excited to get back here on Monday and see the guys and get going again."
From releasing veterans and salary cap causalities to making those head-line grabbing trades, there's been no rest for coach Sean Payton and the staff. But Payton and Brees did take time to play in the Zurich Classic's Pro-am today, along with PGA golfer and Louisiana native David Toms. Speaking at TPC-Louisiana, Brees said he believes the Saints are headed in the right direction despite the high volume of offseason activity.
"I don't know about a different vibe, but there's certainly some new faces," Brees said. "Guys that are gonna play some pretty key roles on our team this year. This period of time is important, not only to get back training again, the conditioning program and the foundation that builds moving forward, but just building the camaraderie and chemistry with these guys. These guys are gonna have big leadership roles as well, so we're doing things the right way, so we can pave the way to a successful run."
Brees also noted that there are plenty of opportunities for teammates to fill the roles of departed key leaders like Pierre Thomas, Curtis Lofton and Jimmy Graham.
"Everyone wants to talk about the guys that depart, well how about the the guys now that are given that opportunity. Those are the exciting ones. We can point to many, many guys in the past that, due to other guys' departure, they became core players for us, they became faces of the franchise."